Hi everyone, here is a recent email conversation that I had with Dr Bruce Fife regarding Coconut Oil and allergies, that I thought may be interesting for all to read.
To: Bruce Fife
Subject: Coconut Oil & allergic Reactions
Hi there ,
I’ve been told by a few people that they have applied the Virgin Coconut Oil and found that they have broken out in more redness to the skin.
Is it a case of they may actually have allergy to it or maybe it’s the result of good going in and toxins coming out.
Would you recommend they continually use it for awhile ?
I have mentioned that skin is a reflection of the inside and first and foremost a well balanced diet is required.
I have had other great results where it has resolved skin issues and they tried everything else before!
What is your thoughts and experience in this please.
I honestly doubt that coconut oil is actually causing an allergic reaction. Allergies are caused by proteins and coconut oil has no protein in it. Coconut is hypoallergenic, meaning it is extremely rare for someone to actually be allergic to it. Even those with nut allergies are not allergic to coconut.
What I believe is happening is a cleaning crisis. In some people coconut oil has a very cleansing effect. It boosts the body’s immune function so much that the body starts a cleansing or detox reaction. The symptoms associated with detoxification can vary greatly and may include any one or more of the following: headaches, nausea, diarrhea, skin rash, sinus congestion, vomiting, intestinal distress, bladder discomfort, etc. These symptoms are not caused by infection or something going wrong, they are caused by the body purging toxins from the body. Once the toxins are flushed from the body the symptoms disappear. But this only happens if they keep taking the coconut oil so the body can continue and complete the cleansing process.
Taking drugs to treat the symptoms prevents detoxification blocking the healing process. Stopping the coconut oil also stops the cleansing. Cleansing symptoms can last from a few days to a month or more depending on the person’s level of health and the person’s diet and lifestyle.